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Aveling Porter Ploughing Engine with Cecil Baldwin on the left and Charles Polley on the right [though Ron Green who knew Cecil, thinks he is Cecil on the right]. They both worked for Fairhead of Peldon for several years. 
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Charles was the older brother of Pat Polley - great grandfather of Helen Jones who sent the picture. She says he worked the engines for many years, even in the 1939 Census. He liked a drink, and playing the squeeze box. The Polley family were very close to the Howard family who also worked on the engines and were also from Ardleigh.
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Some of the registration number is just visible - NO66 .. NO registrations were issued in Essex between January 1921 and July 1923. After January 1921. Photo: Helen Jones
Tom Marriage 26 June 1896 to 5 May 1896.
Wounded Arras April 3rd 1917. Left leg amputated 19th April. Died May 5th 1917.
Laid to rest May 6th in the Military Cemetery, Etaples, France.
There is more detail in Not Just a Name, page 101. In it, a letter refers to Tom being wounded 3rd April, but Roger Bullen says that there was confusion over the date Tom was wounded. On the 3rd the Battalion was in camp. 9th April the Battle of Arras commenced. c1916. Photo: Gene and Tony Clifton
A barge leaving Mersea having discharged timber on the Hard. Two packing sheds are visible on the left. 
A picture from one of the slide shows run in Mersea Museum during opening hours. Photo: Martin Wade Collection
Peldon Village Shop J.E. Page. Next door to the shop is Sunnyview, later replaced with Beaver's Lodge.

Car registration BB2171.
The Dog and Pheasant, East Mersea. Postcard undated Photo: Stephen Kemp
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